The stringent rules imposed by the new additional director general of police (prisons) at the Parappana Agrahara prisons - following the reports of luxuries provided to high-profile inmates - seemed to be working quite well.
It is reported that the prison inmates staged a protest on Tuesday refusing to eat breakfast and even taking up any work assigned to them. They reportedly demanded to make some 'relaxation' in the new rules - allow outside food and also grant them longer days in the parole term, among many others.
It may be recalled here that former prisons (DIG) D Roopa had exposed that jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala was being given VIP treatment in the jail. The special treatment included that she was being provided food specially cooked for her and an exclusive barrack for herself among other facilities. The report had also pointed out that even other "influential" inmates like Abdul Karim Telgi was also given an assistant in the jail. These shocking revelations had rocked the Siddaramaiah government who immediately ordered an inquiry into these revelations and also transferred D Roopa to the traffic and safety management. This had invited wrath from various walks of life.
The government appointed NS Megharikh as the Additional Director General of Police (prisons) to set-right the loopholes in the prisons. It is reported that since he took over as the ADGP (prisons), he has been a stickler for rules and has imposed several restrictions that have reportedly made the life of some of the high-profile inmates "very difficult."
Opposing this, the inmates staged a protest on Tuesday. Television channels reported that they demanded that food is allowed from outside and also wanted longer visitations by their family members.
After the inmates refused to have breakfast on Tuesday morning, Megharikh along with jail superintendent Somashekhar visited the jail and spoke to the protesting inmates.